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Lugene Knight, 52, of St. Petersburg, is accused of rape and holding a woman against her will

Posted: 2:03 PM, Jul 24, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-24 14:05:10-04

St. Pete Police have arrested a 52-year-old man they say raped a woman and held her in a home against her will.

Lugene Knight, who also goes by the alias Eugene Knight, is now charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment.

It happened around 5 a.m. Saturday inside a home in the 700 block of 26th Avenue South.

According to an arrest affidavit, Knight placed the woman in a choke hold once he got her inside the house and told her to, "take your [expletive] clothes off."

Police say the victim took off her pants while Knight took his pants off.

The woman was then forced on to the floor and raped, police say.

An arrest affidavit states the woman defended herself by pulling out a knife and slashing Knight in the chest multiple times.  The woman was able to get free and ran toward the door, police say.

Knight chased the woman and then strangled her until she passed out, police say.

According to an arrest affidavit, the woman regained consciousness some time later flagged down a passing motorist.

Neighbors told ABC Action News the home has been vacant for the past month.